Landslide in Myanmar Kills 70

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Myanmar: A landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed up to 70 people and left more than 100 missing, most of them villagers sifting through a huge mountain of tailing and waste, a community leader and businessman said on Sunday.

The collapse occurred on Saturday afternoon in Kachin state, said Brang Seng, a jade businessman, describing rows of bodies pulled from the debris. “There were more than 70,” he said. “This is awfully bad.”

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More than 100 others were missing, said Lamai Gum Ja, a community leader who also has interests in the mining business. The region bordering China is home to some of the world’s highest quality jade, bringing in billions of dollars a year, though researchers say most of that money goes to individuals and companies tied to Myanmar’s former military rulers.

Official said that “scores of people at a time are buried alive in landslides.”

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